Energy Saving Tips

Saving money, saving electricity, saving carbons

The ever increasing prices of essential services are forcing consumers both at home and in business to consider what they can do to save money, while at the same time not having to change their lifestyle. The following tips are simple and easy.

The Domestic Electricity Breakdown LSM 5-10

Hot Water

South Africa has the perfect climate for solar water heating. Uniquely South Africa heats water using electricity, while in Europe and the America’s gas is predominantly used.

100% of the electricity used in heating hot water can be replaced by solar, but to cater for bad weather days, electrical back up can still be used.

PAYGS provides the only NO RISK way of going solar for water heating, saving electricity and saving money, and removing carbon emissions

Water Consumption

Potable water, as used for drinking is an essential valuable resource. It is taken for granted, but pollution, and increasing pressures on use (the growing population) is putting the whole system under pressure.

It is also becoming expensive. Check that you do not have any water leaks, by turning off stopcocks (after the main water meter) going into the home, and check that the mains water meter has stopped turning. If it is, investigate as you will have a leak.

Consider putting in a locally manufactured dual flush lavatory system. It can save an average home of 4 people approximately 40,000 litres per annum, the equivalent of a swimming pool.

The cost is minimal and will pay for itself thousands of times over.


Energy efficient lighting (LED’s and Induction) are now very competitively priced.

Savings are as much as 90% over the old type incandescent globes.

Payback on the invested cost can be recovered in as little as 9 months to 2 years, but provide over 30 years of service.

Choose reputable brands, with sufficient power (lumens) output and make sure the heat loss is efficient, (otherwise the units will fail quickly).

Carbon Savings

Climate change is a reality, and despite skeptics, the increasing levels of carbons through fossil fuel emissions are a major contributing factor.

Saving electricity through solar water heating and lighting reduces the amount of carbons emitted, at a rate of approximately 1kG of carbon for every 1 kWh saved in South Africa.